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Drawing Supplies

Browse the varied selection of drawing supplies available at Staples® to find the right tools for creating sketches. The right set of drawing implements to get depends on the user's skill level. While beginners and school-age kids only require basic tools, professionals need more precise and versatile art supplies in their drawing kits.

Essential Accessories to Get When Shopping for Drawing Supplies
The four essential drawing tools for budding artists are pencil, paper, pencil sharpener, and eraser. Regular pencils have solid cores made of graphite and charcoal. They are available in different hardness levels, with each producing lines of unique thickness and intensity. Manufacturers classify drawing pencils with an HB scale and a numerical scale. The number and H designation of a pencil describe the hardness of its graphite core. The harder the implement, the lighter it draws. B expresses the blackness of a pencil mark. Soft drawing pencils have markings ranging from B to 8B while hard ones bear HB to 5H.

There are three features artists have to look for when comparing drawing paper. These are texture, weight, and durability. Sketchbooks with a smooth texture are best for soft pencils. Choose acid-free sketch paper to make drawings last longer. For erasers, look for one that's soft and smooth. It should remove lines cleanly, leave little to no residue, and preserve the surface of drawing paper.

Choose an Artist Set for a Complete Collection of Drawing Supplies
Drawing sets contain all the supplies needed by most artists. These sets usually have multiple pencils and erasers. They may also include additional drawing implements like sketching pens and blending stumps. Pick a set of graphite pencils of different grades ranging from B (softest) to 5H (hardest). Mechanical pencils allow users to make small sketches and draw fine details. In addition to the grades of their lead cores, artists also consider tip fineness when selecting mechanical pencils. To do color drawings, consider a set of crayons, colored pencils, and markers, and/or chalk pastels.

What Charcoal Drawing Supplies Do Artists Need?
Charcoal is excellent for figure drawing and is available as stick, pencil, and in powder form. Charcoal pencils are for drawing fine details while the stick form is best for broad strokes and sketching on large canvases. There are three types of drawing charcoal. Willow charcoal is hard and brittle and puts down light lines that are easy to blend and rub off. Compressed charcoal draws thick lines and is suitable for shading but is difficult to erase or blend. Vine charcoal offers a good balance between willow and compressed varieties.

What Should You Look for in Art Pens When Shopping for Drawing Supplies?
Tips and ink types are important features to note when comparing drawing pens. Besides color, also consider the quality, opacity, flow, and drying speeds of the inks. The best drawing pens use quick-drying, fade-resistant, and waterproof archival inks.

Should Artists Get Specialty Paper When Ordering Drawing Supplies?
Yes and no. Any type of paper can serve as drawing paper. However, it is best to use the right paper for each drawing tool. For example, graphite and charcoal pencils sketch better on thick and coarse paper. Look for a sketchbook filled with smooth pages when drawing with pens, crayons, and markers.
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Royal Brush Artist Set For Beginners, Sketching & Drawing
Item : 943307 / Model : DS3000
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  • Everything the beginner artist needs to get started with oil painting
  • Contains (6) Essentials Graphite Pencils, (12) Essentials Graphite Colored Pencils, (3) Charcoal Pencils, (1) sketching/drawing paper pad, (3) blending stumps, (1) manikin, (1) sandpaper block, (1) pencil eraser, (1) sharpener, (1) 6-inch ruler, and (1) instruction booklet
  • All the supplies come neatly in a handy wooden storage box with handle measures (13" x 6.25" x 2")
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Crayola® Creativity Tub
Item : 573999 / Model : 04-5358
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  • Over 80 different items. Crayons, chalk, colored pencils, construction paper and more!
  • Clear, durable container provides storage and easy clean up when play time is over
  • Easy Clean Up, includes Washable paints and markers
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17.89 $17.89
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Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, 36 Pack
Item : 2070332 / Model : 92885T
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  • Colored pencils with soft, thick cores that are perfect for shading and shadows
  • Ultra-smooth, even color laydown
  • Premium wood barrels with thick, robust leads that resist cracking and chipping
59.99 $59.99
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Prang® Colored Pencils
Item : SS421412
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  • 3.3mm thick, durable lead core
  • Pre-sharpened for immediate use
  • Rich, bright colors stand out and resist fading
As low as 4.29 $4.29
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Sakura Pigma Micron All Black 8 Piece Pen Set
Item : 940795 / Model : 30067
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  • Archival quality ink is waterproof, chemical resistant and fade resistant
  • Ink will not bleed and is quick drying
  • Black Ink
18.09 $18.09
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Crayola® Twistables® Colored Pencils, 18/Pack
Item : 636184 / Model : 68-7418
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  • Clear barrels for easy color identification and viewing the twisting action
  • Lead doesn't need sharpening
  • Clear vinyl pouch for reusable storage
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6.59 $6.59
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Crayola® Ultimate Art Supply Kit
Item : 587603 / Model : 04-6814
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  • Includes 8 markers, 24 crayons, 12 colored pencils, 8 washable watercolors, paint brush, scissor, washable glue and 30 colored sheets of paper
  • All in one portable art studio and easel
  • Easy storage & portability
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12.59 $12.59
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Fiber tip pen duo-colour JB 36pcs
Item : 2417939 / Model : 320C36JBLU
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  • 36 assorted fashion colors
  • fiber tips
  • .5MM- 3.0 tips
12.99 $12.99
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Staedtler® Ergosoft® Watercolor Pencils, Assorted Colors, 24/Set
Item : 512347 / Model : 156 SB24CS
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  • ABS coating for highly break-resistant lead
  • Ergonomic triangular barrel for effortless coloring
  • 24/Set
22.9 $22.90
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Melissa & Doug® Scratch Art® Deluxe Combo Set
Item : 919458 / Model : 5981
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  • Stencil with over 30 amazing shapes
  • 3 show-off easel frames
  • Medium and fine point stylus, 1 frame, instructions
12.59 $12.59
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Royal Brush Satchel Artist Pack, Manga
Item : 943311 / Model : FA102
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  • Stay organized and keep your art supplies on hand
  • Adjustable wide strap easily converts to give you 2 carry options: Over your shoulder or across your chest
  • Other features are stylish slate grey canvas and pitch black trim, reinforced padded panels to support heavier items, a main hook & loop closure, (2) hidden zippered pockets, zipper mesh pocket and (2) pencil holders. Supplies included an artist pencil wrap, (3) Essentials micro pens, a soft-grip gel ink pen, a mechanical pencil, an eraser, pencil lead refills, (2) Magna character templates (comic layout & quote bubbles) and an 8" x 10" 80 page sketching book
29.39 $29.39
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Royal Brush Studio Artist Set-Sketching & Drawing
Item : 943316 / Model : KCXLSKET
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  • Perfect for drawing and sketching on the go
  • contains (12) Essentials Color Pencils, (12) Essentials Graphite Pencils, (1) Artist's Sketching Pad, (3) blending tools, sandpaper block, (1) white eraser, (1) kneaded eraser, (1) sharpener, (1) Beginner's booklet and durable black canvas zipper case
  • Conforms to ASTM D4236
20.99 $20.99
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Crayola® Colored Pencils, 12/Box
Item : 300525 / Model : 68-4012
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  • Full-length colored pencils
  • 3.3 mm
  • AP Certified Non-toxic
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3.49 $3.49
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Crayola® Washable Dry-Erase Crayons, Assorted, 8/Pack
Item : 833842 / Model : 98-5200
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  • Color: Black, blue, brown, green, orange, purple, red, yellow
  • Crayon size : 5" x 9/16"
  • Size group: Large
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6.99 $6.99
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Sakura® 0.2 mm 6 Piece Pigma Micron Pen Set
Item : 300220 / Model : 30064
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  • 0.2 mm tip
  • Black, red, blue, green, brown, purple
  • Suitable for acid free environments, archival quality, and pH neutral
14.29 $14.29
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Sakura® 0.25 mm 6 Piece Pigma Micron Pen Set
Item : 302999 / Model : 30063
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  • 0.25 mm tip
  • Suitable for acid free environments, archival, and pH neutral
  • Archival quality ink
14.29 $14.29
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Sakura® 0.45 mm 6 Piece Pigma Micron Pen Set
Item : 303246 / Model : 30065
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  • 0.45 mm
  • Archival quality ink
  • Chemically stable, waterproof, and fade resistant
14.29 $14.29
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Sakura Pigma Micron black 005 (0.20 mm) [Pack of 6]
Item : 1717293 / Model : 20767-PK6
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  • Fine point writing instruments
  • Waterproof
  • Fade-proof, and smudge-proof on porous surfaces
15.49 $15.49
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Crayola® Washable Window Crayons
Item : 769610 / Model : 52-9765
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  • Turn your windows into instant decorations with Crayola® Window Crayons
  • Easily washes off all glass surfaces and are great for car windows and mirrors
  • Great for holidays, special occasions, school events or anytime you feel creative!
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6.89 $6.89
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Crayon Crayola 3-5/8", 8-Count
Item : 603573 / Model : BIN52-3008
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  • Red, yellow, green, blue, brown, black, orange and purple crayons included
  • Size: 3.6" x 0.3" each crayon
  • Number of colors: 8
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0.99 $0.99
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Sakura® 0.45 mm 6 Piece Pigma Micron Pen Set, Spia
Item : 300221 / Model : 30069
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  • 0.45 mm
  • It is fade proof against sunlight or UV light
  • Pigment in the ink remains colorful and will not spread when applied
14.29 $14.29
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Binney & Smith Crayola® Glitter Crayons, 16/Bx
Item : 379509 / Model : 52-3716
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  • Six glitter colors that sparkle and shimmer
  • Color assortment comes from a unique palette that complements the core crayon line
  • AP Certified nontoxic
3.29 $3.29
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Sakura Pigma Micron black 05 (0.45 mm) [Pack of 6]
Item : 1717294 / Model : 15118-PK6
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  • Fine point writing instruments
  • Waterproof
  • Fade-proof, and smudge-proof on porous surfaces
15.49 $15.49
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Crayola 20ct Detailing Gel Pens
Item : 2726514 / Model : 58-6503
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  • Add vibrant details to your artwork, adult coloring, and calligraphy lettering projects
  • Combination of metallic and glitter gel inks are perfect for adding flourishes and accents
  • Smooth laydown doesn’t skip or streak
19.99 $19.99
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